As in the song "Lawyers In Love" we have a land, a nation with too many in high places willing to do anything for money neglecting people, honor and principle but a change is coming. No more falling for the lie of living only individualistic and independent lives leaving us divided and conquerable by powerful special interests but a people, a nation collaborating for the greater common good in various groups all across the nation. A land of people working together to help one another with a vision moreover as Jesus would have us be. Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Kindness....something about another Land. The change is coming

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Church, Nationalism and Patriotism

The church, that is, the kingdom of God should be "in nations" not "of nations". That is to say we should not be too attached to the interests of any nation to the point of compromising biblical teachings, whether economic,social or political for the interests of a nation. God's kingdom covers the earth and the church should see itself in this light, not a nationalistic one. The church should lead the way and attempt to teach the nation and all nations to walk in the ways of God. By fully following God's ways and teachings you will be by default TRULY looking out for the best interests of any nation. A nations best interests cannot preclude the commandments of God, so you need to be looking out that your country's leaders are following God's ways. What a country wants to do or thinks it needs is not always best for it. The U.S. pursuing unbridled profits for it's maiden corporations in other countries while oppressing those countries to get profits does not impress God. In Matthew 6:24 God said "you cannot serve both God and money". There is a reason why God made money the alternative to Him, it is the major problem.
The spirit of nationalism inherent in the trait of patriotism can be deceptive. If you are not careful you can find yourself defending things you should not, in the name of a country. So we need to be careful and we need to be wise to the emotional pull of the world.
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